The Movement: June 2009

Three observations about ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 30, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

Observation 1: DOMA will not be repealed before ENDA gets passed. Of the four main pieces of LGBT legislation that the Administration said it wants to pass - hate crimes, ENDA, DOMA, DADT - repealing DOMA will be the hardest....Read More

Prop 8: A Spoonful of Sugar

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 30, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

(O riginally published in Bay Windows, May 28, 2009. I thought it was worth reposting here because of the pending Prop 8 case that will go before a district court this Thursday.) We've been on a Disney movie kick around...Read More

Pink Saturday: Party or police state?

Filed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | June 30, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Okay, so I actually kind of like Pink Saturday, the night before pride when the Castro gets blocked off to traffic and people wander around getting smashed and dancing to terrible music blasted from sound stages in the street. I...Read More

Welcome to Your White House

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 30, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

The title of this post is one of the first things President Obama said yesterday at the Stonewall commemoration at the White House yesterday. Were there cocktails? Yes. But this was not a typical cocktail party. Were there many "A-listers?"...Read More

The White House Parties Like it's 1999...

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 30, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, President Obama hosted a "celebration of Stonewall" at the White House, the first of its kind. While it may have been the first time a President spoke on LGBT rights in the White house for 20 minutes, I couldn't...Read More

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Stonewall: A Photo Retrospective

Filed by John Shields | June 28, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Bilerico Team thought we'd make a photo spread surrounding that small tavern in Greenwich Village that changed our world. The death of Judy Garland, coupled with the hate and...Read More

Pura Política entrevista pareja gay

Filed by Bil Browning | June 28, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Primera parte en la que el periodista Juan Manuel Benítez del programa Pura Política de NY1 Noticias entrevistó a Pedro Julio Serrano del National Gay and Lesbian Task Force y su novio Steven Toledo, una pareja gay que cuenta por...Read More

Our One Year Wedding Anniversary: A Journey of Recognition

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 27, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

One year ago, we made a trek from Florida to California to celebrate our 6 year anniversary (this year makes it 7). While visiting San Francisco on June 27, Anthony and I were lucky enough to become one of the...Read More

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It's The End of World ... Again

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

This is something I've been wanting to say something about for a while, because it comes up so often, but never think to bring it up. So, I have to thank Pat Robertson for giving me the opportunity this time....Read More

Why we're going to the White House Monday

Filed by Michael Adams | June 26, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

On Monday, my partner and I will join two SAGE constituents - Madelin Alk and Renee Rosenfield - at a White House Pride celebration at which President Obama will speak. The event has generated controversy, with some LGBT commentators suggesting...Read More

Harrah's instrumental in Nevada DP victory, but what about Darlene Jespersen?

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 26, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Last night, Harrah's Entertainment hosted a Las Vegas victory party for the passage of Nevada's new domestic partner law. By all accounts, Harrah's also deserves much credit for lobbying Nevada legislators to pass the new law and then to get...Read More

Stonewall police officer speaks

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 25, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Unsurprisingly, one of the police officers involved in the Stonewall raid 40 years ago thinks that their actions were right. Surprisingly, he seemed surprised that anyone would think they were homophobic: When pressed about the motivation for the raid, Pine,...Read More

Thanks, Frank!

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 25, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editors' note: Jaime Grant is the director of the Policy Institute at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She holds a Ph.D. in Women's Studies from the Union Institute and has offered a course in social movements at Georgetown...Read More

Turn Your DNC Dollars to "Reel" Grassroots Support

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 25, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest bloggers Erin Mara and Henriette Fourcade are the owners of Homebody, outfitters of contemporary living located on Capitol Hill. Joe Biden's shindig for the DNC is blacklisted, but you can still make a difference for the LGBT...Read More

A Bilerico interview with new GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios

Filed by Father Tony | June 25, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

At yesterday's Manhattan meet-and -greet for GLAAD's new president, Jarrett Barrios, I had an exclusive Bilerico sit-down with an articulate and passionate man who had just finished speaking to the gathering about raising two sons with his husband and how...Read More

Missouri court deprives one child of a second mom and the other of child support

Filed by Nancy Polikoff | June 25, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The number of states that disregard a child's second mother grows. I don't know whether to scream or cry. I do know that if judges cannot see the family in front of their eyes then the answer lies in changing...Read More

Long Overdue

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 24, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 is an important day. It is a day when we witness a commitment to full equality and inclusion. A day when the most senior openly gay elected official in the nation affirms that discrimination against...Read More

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach to be SLDN's guest at White House gala

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach will be a guest of Servicemember's Legal Defense Network at the upcoming White House party to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy...Read More

Barney Frank reintroduced the ENDA... now let's make it happen

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 24, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Barney Frank is holding a press conference right now about ENDA being reintroduced with over a hundred cosponsors. It's trans-inclusive and has a real chance of passing the House, but only if we push for it to get through. After...Read More

Gut Check

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 24, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

When Dick Cheeeney was asked why he had not served in Vietnam, he harrumphed that he "had other priorities in the '60s than military service." Like applying for six deferments. Side note: come to find out, the very long E...Read More

Why there won't be a gay Martin Luther King

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 23, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

I have had been plenty of discussions over the last few weeks, both here and elsewhere, that lead to the question: Where is the gay Martin Luther King? (I haven't heard anyone asking about the trans or bi MLK, but...Read More

5 "I can't help it" excuses that need LGBT help

Filed by Austen Crowder | June 23, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Austin Crowder is a Bilerico-Indiana contributor. We thought this post should be lifted up to the main site so more people could see it and add their own lists of common excuses and how to deal with them....Read More

Apologists Need Not Apply

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 23, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: David Badash is a regular contributor to Bilerico-DC. He is a writer and the founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, a blog focused on gay rights and gay marriage. My, how far we've come! Time was, a...Read More

Access v. Progress

Filed by John Shields | June 23, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Many things have been said, spoken and written about whether the LGBTQ community should attend the "gay" fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. this Thursday. While President Obama's overtures - and non-overtures - to our community may...Read More

The Dallas Principles, full equality now, and ENDA

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 22, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I suppose I ought to explain my barely-concealed contempt for the phrase "full equality now." In brief, I don't like the idea that there's a point at which we'll declare this movement over (when those web banners reach 100%, that'll...Read More

DNC = Do Not Contribute

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Stephen Zollman is a lawyer who works for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office and is passionate about youth issues, access to quality/affordable health care, education, and a cleaner environment. A lot has been written and...Read More

The Gays are Getting Uppity, Mr. President

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 22, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Terry Leftgoff formerly served as the highest ranking openly gay officer of the California Democratic Party. He is currently an Environmental & Government Relations consultant living in West Hollywood. TO: President Barack Obama FROM: The Gays...Read More

So you want to be an activist

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 22, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

We had a few discussions about organizing and actions in the queer blogosphere and on TBP last week. No matter what anyone does, it's important to keep our eyes on the prize: actions and demos aren't about expressing our anger,...Read More

"The Times of Harvey Milk" now on YouTube

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 21, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

YouTube has recently put up the amazing documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" in its entirety. Everyone should watch this great piece of LGBT history, with interviews and footage from Milk's life and death. (h/t Joe.My.God.)...Read More

Visibility Matters: Scientific Proof

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

We've all heard that visibility matters. Here's proof--scientific proof--as reported in Scientific American. According to Harvard University psychologist Yoel Inbar and his colleagues in a recent issue of the journal Emotion, even people who say they are fine with displays...Read More

DOJ to meet with Lambda Legal and GLAD

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 21, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Now, if you want to see an actual result of the outcry this week, here it is: At the meeting -- which hasn't been announced and is expected to include leading gay rights groups like GLAD and Lambda Legal --...Read More

Change We Can Believe In- Moving Towards Equality, at Least on the Local Level

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | June 21, 2009 | 8:00 AM | comments

While things may be moving slowly, or sometimes not at all, on a national level in regards to equality for the LGBT community, we must not forget that we can create change on a local level. Many don't realize the...Read More

Whose "Equality"?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 20, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Mitchell Halberstadt is a 59-year-old writer, lifelong activist, and gadfly who sometimes makes Michael Petrelis and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore look (by comparison) like pillars of the community. He lives in Oakland, CA. Chris Crain writes: It's "patently irrational...Read More

Photos from Oakland Park's First Ever Pride Event- Movie in the Park

Filed by Anthony Niedwiecki | June 20, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

I was so proud of our city for hosting the Pride of Greater Ft. Lauderdale Kickoff event in our beautiful Jaco Pastorius Park in Downtown Oakland Park. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible! I am so proud to...Read More

"...With Liberty and Justice for ALL" (unless you're gay, of course)

Filed by Eric Leven | June 20, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

This has been stewing within me for the last couple of days......Read More

Florida Students Protest to Protect a Community

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 20, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Ryan Terrell is a Senior at Cypress Bay High School where he serves as the President of the Cypress Bay Gay/Straight Alliance. He is also the incoming President of the Broward County GSA Advisory Council. I have been...Read More

There won't be a gay Martin Luther King: If you want a movement you will have to own it

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Max Mutchnick, cocreator of Will & Grace, wrote in the Huffington Post a post entitled "Where Is My Martin Luther Queen?" He worries about media representation during Pride: Dykes on bikes, Tarzana Trannies, Jewish Leather Daddies and Kathy Griffin's mom....Read More

Five Bilerico-Florida Voices on the Merits of a March on Washington

Filed by Father Tony | June 19, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Have you read the venerable Cleve Jones' detailed response to the ten reasons listed by Bilerico's Bil Browning for not having a march on Washington? Fascinating stuff, and a core gay disagreement that clarifies so much about the status and...Read More

White House Looks to Include Same-Sex Unions in Census Count

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 19, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

Big news out of the White House today. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama Administration is turning its back on a Bush interpretation of the Defense of Marriage Act that they said prohibited the release of the...Read More

Maine gets Schubert Flint

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 19, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

The famous publicity firm who won California Prop 8 and who then won Pollies for their successful campaign will be helping out in Maine: Gay marriage foes in Maine have hired the public relations firm that led the successful Proposition...Read More

Barney Frank to reintroduce ENDA next week

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 17, 2009 | 5:00 PM | comments

Fully inclusive, with 8 bipartisan cosponsors, here's ENDA. An assistant to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) revealed Wednesday that the congressman will introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next week. Diego Sanchez, who is transgender and a senior policy adviser to...Read More

Speaking Washington's Language: Money and Media

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 17, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

It seems the silence from the Obama Administration might be coming to end. Maybe. Well, at least they're being forced to respond. After the increasing outrage from all sides in the LGBT community over not leading on ENDA, DADT, Hate...Read More

GLAAD: Jarrett Barrios will be new org President

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced that Jarrett Barrios, a former Massachusetts state senator, will be taking the reigns of the organization. Barrios will take replace former president Neil Giuliano who resigned earlier this year. "We're...Read More

He's Not Your Daddy, or: Obama and the Personal Politics of Gay Marriage

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 16, 2009 | 8:00 PM | comments

As I've written countless times before, I think gay marriage is the wrong cause and should be dumped immediately. So I didn't think I'd care much about the recent Department of Justice move to dismiss the Smelt case against DOMA....Read More

Senator Harry Reid Attempts to Clarify, but Future of DADT Repeal Still Unclear

Filed by Sean Bugg | June 16, 2009 | 7:30 PM | comments

Think Progress has a new statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), clarifying his remarks yesterday that he had no plans to introduce a bill to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, and attempting to kick the ball back to...Read More

Paper and Clocks: Reflecting on the First Anniversary of California's Marriages

Filed by Kate Kendell | June 16, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

Some interesting trivia (courtesy of Wikipedia and Paper is the traditional gift to celebrate a first year wedding anniversary, with clocks being the modern twist. In the United Kingdom, couples celebrating their 60th, 65th, or 70th anniversary can receive...Read More

Thoughts on the DOJ DOMA brief

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

I was travelling last weekend so I missed the news about the DOJ filing a brief to dismiss the Smelt case against DOMA. I can understand why people are upset, and do agree that some of the arguments were gratuitous...Read More

An Equality Speech Obama Could Deliver

Filed by Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | June 16, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, many people anticipate that the White House will announce a significant package of LGBT equality measures and that the President will deliver a speech on equality in front of a...Read More

No sponsors for DADT repeal in Senate

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 16, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Democrats' very, very fearful and haplessly unskillful leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, is saying that there are no sponsors for a bill to repeal DADT, even though a 69% of Americans oppose it. I guess he decided that...Read More

Recap: DC marriage equality twists and turns

Filed by Michael Crawford | June 16, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

The twists and turns in our efforts to win marriage equality in Washington, D.C. have been worthy of any soap opera. John Shields, the new managing editor of Bilerico-DC, has asked me to write a recap of recent events. So,...Read More

The Obama Administration, The Democratic Party, and Civil Rights

Filed by John Shields | June 16, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

I once wrote an article about being overwhelmed by events, and how the LGBTQ community needed to take into account the realities on the ground while also shaping the "news cycle" to our advantage. Boy, was I naive. In the...Read More

Cleve Jones Responds: 10 Reasons Why a March Isn't a Bad Idea

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 15, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Cleve Jones is a long-time gay rights activist devoted to AIDS awareness and education. He co-founded the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and is the leading force behind the planned march on Washington scheduled for this...Read More

HRC responds lengthily to the DOJ DOMA brief

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Posted without comment because I'm in a rush, here's HRC's reaction to the DOJ brief on DOMA (via Pam). June 15, 2009 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: I...Read More

How did conservatives get more political power than us?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Well, I'm back from my traveling weekend, and, while I was gone, two major stories broke about the Obama Administration and LGBT legislation. I wanted to tackle this one first, but I'll have a post about the Department of Justice...Read More

40-year-old table

Filed by Eric Leven | June 15, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

On Saturday The Ali Forney Center hosted a panel discussion on the involvement of queer youth during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. The panel consisted of two actual Stonewall Riot participants, Martin Boyce and Tommy Lanigan Schmidt as well as Ali...Read More

Stonewall Rebooted

Filed by Kate Clinton | June 13, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

On an early morning flight from Orlando, after appearing at the 19th Annual Gay Days at Disneyworld, I was "sirred" twice by a cab driver and flight attendant. All before 7 a.m. I would have thought the brand new faux...Read More

From Whence We Came: The Importance of Pride in Establishing Gay Heritage

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 13, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Kasey M. Dunton is an attorney and lobbyist in DC, focusing primarily on civil rights, employment, and First Amendment issues. Most of us remember our first Pride - where it was, who they went with, how they felt....Read More

Farewell to LGBT Services?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 12, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Greg Varnum is the Executive Director of NYAC, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. As news of marriage equality in New Hampshire dominated the headlines, I got word of another story unfolding in New Hampshire that is...Read More

Carrie Prejean got fired...Who cares?

Filed by Jerame Davis | June 11, 2009 | 6:30 PM | comments

So, Miss California, Carrie Prejean got canned finally. Another washed up beauty queen on the heap is not news, but everyone wants to talk about it. Schadenfreude, I suppose. I know there are folks out there fired up about her,...Read More

Let's Homosexualize! Humor as a Tool for Change

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 11, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

There are few things I enjoy more in life than making fun of the Far Right. And trust, me they sometimes make it way too easy. From the fun of talking about "Homosexualizing" and "Transgenderizing" to the word play of...Read More

Is D.C. Mayor Fenty Our Friend?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger Tim Newman is a DC-based activist working primarily on economic justice and global justice issues. Gay pride month has a particularly important significance this year as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots on...Read More

Watch one progressive bus run over Rachel Maddow and the LGBT community

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 10, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I don't know how many of my readers surf around the general progressive blogosphere regularly, but you can get a taste of the blowback the LGBT community is receiving for deigning to ask why the Obama administration has been silent...Read More


Bigotry 2.0: Hate Tweets

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 09, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

I've gotten used to hate mail, both by traditional snail mail and email. It comes with the territory. Most of the time it's pretty amusing, like in my last post about getting bigotry delivered right to my inbox. I did,...Read More

Rumors Say HRC and Obama Plot to Help Most Queers Possible

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Stop the presses! There's another controversy swirling around the Human Rights Campaign's role in winning gay rights! This time the rumor mill has it that HRC has told the Obama administration that it's okay to stall on repealing Don't Ask...Read More

I'm Done Asking. It's Time to Tell. No, make that "Demand."

Filed by John Shields | June 09, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

I'm sick and tired of "asking" for our civil rights. I am appalled at LGBTQ kids getting murdered or committing suicide because they are "queer" to their classmates. I am more than disgusted at having the "voters" decide who I...Read More

Getting Married? Consider This Proposal

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 09, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

It should be a happy time for LGBT folks in New Hampshire, with a marriage equality victory making the springtime a little brighter. For the LGBTQ youth organization Seacoast Outright, however, things are looking bleak. The organization, which provides educational,...Read More

10 reasons why a march on Washington is a bad idea

Filed by Bil Browning | June 08, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Chalk this up as one of the worst ideas ever. Speaking at Utah Pride yesterday, Cleve Jones announced plans for a march on Washington on October 11th. Of course, the focus will be on marriage equality. Witness the headline: "March...Read More

How Many Letters Does It Take to Kill A Movement?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 08, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stampp Corbin is a successful entrepreneur and LGBT activist. He was the Co-Chair of the Obama LGBT Leadership Council during the presidential campaign and is a former Board of Director for the Human Rights Campaign. Many...Read More

How Many Letters Does It Take to Kill A Movement?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 08, 2009 | 1:00 PM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Stampp Corbin is a successful entrepreneur and LGBT activist. He was the Co-Chair of the Obama LGBT Leadership Council during the presidential campaign and is a former Board of Director for the Human Rights Campaign. Many...Read More

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Poor, Elderly, HIV/AIDS Citizens to Die in California

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 07, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest Blogger Herndon Davis is a media consultant/journalist focusing on issues of diversity among people-of-color, women and LGBT. He can be reached at The piece below is reposted with permission from Diversity Reports, June 6, 2009. In...Read More

George Tiller's killer "treated as a criminal"

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

Over the last several decades, the right has constructed and reinforced the idea among themselves that if someone does something, however illegal or wrong, because of their "personal morals" or "religious beliefs," then they should get off the hook. According...Read More

LGBTQ Leadership: Going The Way Of America's Automakers

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 07, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

Editor's Note: Guest blogger David Badash is a writer and the founder of The New Civil Rights Movement, a blog focused on gay rights and gay marriage. Remember the Big Four Automakers? Who are now the Big Three Automakers. Maybe...Read More

Gay apathy in South Florida

Filed by Father Tony | June 05, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

Either it was a slow news week or they felt my piece on apathy was worth hyping on the cover. It's the sort of topic I usually leave to others, but having been asked for it, and having had a...Read More

Betty Bowers Takes on "Traditional" Marriage

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, takes time to explain to less informed Christians the curious details of the Lord's concept of marriage. Funny, smart, and completely on point. Maybe we can get her to take on "homosexualizing" next......Read More

The Hidden Cost of Marriage Exclusion

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 05, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' note: Robert-Jay Green is distinguished professor in the PhD clinical psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology and executive director of the Rockway Institute, a national center for LGBT psychology research, education & public policy. The California...Read More

This Is How Change Is Made: A Story from Blogging for LGBT Families Day

Filed by Dana Rudolph | June 04, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

Of all the posts submitted to Blogging for LGBT Families Day, my yearly blogfest over at Mombian, the one that has made the greatest impression on me is: "The One Where I Come Out... And Say It," by Haley Montgomery,...Read More

How did the gay partners get in immigration reform?

Filed by Alex Blaze | June 04, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Like an ever-expanding mushroom cloud of diversity, every few years another diverse group of people want to enter the United States. It has created a complicated history in which there are many people who are different in the US. In...Read More

Intimidation is not an effective tactic

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 04, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dorian Davis starred on MTV's morning show, MTV Hits, before switching to the other side of the camera to research and develop Iraq coverage for MTV News. Now a freelance writer, Davis is published in Architectural...Read More

Workshop: how to engage on the topic of race and LGBT civil rights

Filed by Pam Spaulding | June 03, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

A reader of my blog named Kevin wrote me the other day to say that he is interested in building bridges with people of color (POC) about race and equality but doesn't know how to engage when the conversation turns...Read More

NGLTF cuts LA, NY and Seattle Leadership Awards as cost-saving measure

Filed by Bil Browning | June 03, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Deputy Executive Director of External Relations, Russell Roybal, confirmed this afternoon that the not-for-profit organization will quit hosting the New York, Los Angeles and Seattle Leadership Awards. The award ceremonies have been a major...Read More

Driving Mr. Kameny

Filed by Cathy Renna | June 03, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

Last night we kicked off Capital Pride week here in Washington, DC. The opening event is one that I love for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is held inside (gotta love the humidity here). The...Read More


Filed by Alex Blaze | June 02, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I know this has been pointed out before, but can I just add my voice to the swaths of people questioning the painful psychic dissonance going on in the heads of folks who just a year and a half ago...Read More

UAFA (Uniting American Families Act): Facts and Fiction

Filed by Yasmin Nair | June 02, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

This piece originally appeared on and reappears here with some changes. An account of what transpired there can be found at "Yasmin Nair: Eat This!" Or: How to Leave Comments Without Going up In Flames." No matter how much...Read More

Full equality now

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 02, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Dixon Osburn was the Executive Director of Service Members Legal Defense Network for 13 years. When is it ever "convenient" to grant civil rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community? To follow recent events,...Read More

My "Non-Traditional" Family: Blogging for LGBT Families

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 01, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I often tire of the labels that those against LGBT people put on our families. They say they fight for "traditional marriage" and preserving "traditional families", as if there is such a thing. Their close-mindedness extends beyond just our community...Read More

Obama not marching with Black Pride

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 01, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

June is Pride Month. And Black Pride contributes to the multicultural aspect of joy and celebration in the queer communities. Black Pride symbolizes not only black LGBTQ uniqueness as individuals and communities, but it also affirms our varied expressions of...Read More

Foot Soldiers Needed in California and Maine, Not Washington DC

Filed by Karen Ocamb | June 01, 2009 | 10:30 AM | comments

With all due respect to Cleve Jones and David Mixner, who I've known and covered for many years, I think we seriously need to question the wisdom of convening a march on Washington this October. Yes, LGBT people are angry...Read More